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Old 07-16-2010, 04:58 PM   #1
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Anybody work with numbered drills smaller than 0.0625"?


What kind of drill do you use?

B&D said their drill motor chucks cannot reliably hold drills smaller than 1/16".

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Old 07-16-2010, 05:06 PM   #2
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a drill with a smaller chuck, or if one is available, buy a smaller chuck for the drill you have

they make 1/4" chucks and 5/32" chucks. Don't know if they make them for your drill but that is what you need.

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How often do you need to drill a hole smaller than a 1/16”.

I don’t think I ever have.
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How often do you need to drill a hole smaller than a 1/16Ē.

I donít think I ever have.
It comes up very occasionally for me.
Usually I use a brad with the head cut off when I need a bit this small.

My Rockler catalog came today and they have drill bits and a compatible chuck for $16 or so, but I first have to check a handdrill chuck that I have in the basement. If it can hold #30 AWG wire wrap wire it can certainly hold these numbered bits.

Thanks, guys. . .
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"Anybody work with numbered drills smaller than 0.0625"
Probably should not answer this but I will, because I was a machinist for 38 years--YES, I have worked with drill bits less than 0.0625", and often. You may not find a compatible drill chuck for holding drill bits smaller than this which will allow the drill bit to rotate accurately. I have drill chucks which will hold drill bits at 0.0003", and the drill bits. BUT--since retirement I certainly don't have access to any equipment to use these. I just like to keep them in their cute little plastic case to show people. IMO--I would say that with normal, average, DIY equipment, around-the-house, you may find that a 1/32" (0.03125") drill bit to be the best you can do, IF you are very careful with it. David
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For drilling some smaller orifices. My DeWalt won't hold the bit.

So have to use a chuck in its chuck.

One of these should work for you.

http://www.amazon.com/DRILL-CHUCK-AR.../dp/B000HXOER0
http://www.buy.com/prod/pin-chuck-vi...213585295.html
http://www.amazon.com/Jacobs-drill-c.../dp/B0002BK3WC
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You guys are better than the Rockler catalog.
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I've worked with carburetors that required a drill bits that looked like they'd snap if the wind hit them. They're one of those things you buy, and maybe use a few times in your lifetime (unless it's your job, like Thurman). BeenThere is right on with his links on products to hold the small bits.

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